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Why You Need to Know What to Work On First

Let’s talk about what to work on FIRST.

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Tell me if this sounds familiar..you finally manage to carve out time to work on your business. You sit down at your desk or kitchen table or on the couch with your laptop, look at your list of tasks to do, and feel completely overwhelmed. Where do you even start? Opt-in? Pinterest? Networking? Does it even matter?

Well, yes. What you work on first does matter. And that is why today we are talking about why you need to know what to work on first versus just diving headfirst into your list willy nilly.

As a mom entrepreneur, making the most of the time you work is essential to striking any sort of balance between running a successful business and maintaining a happy household. When you know what to work on first, or your “Impact Driven Tasks” as I like to call them, the energy you put into work will have a greater affect. In time, you may start to see that you can reduce or stop doing tasks that don’t make an impact. And less tasks means (ding, ding, ding) less time and energy spent working…and more time for your family and yourself.

If you can get in the habit of clearly defining what you NEED to do versus what you WANT to do first, you can start to feel this shift in your productivity and time management. Up until now, you might have just thought “as long as it gets done, does it really matter what I do first”? Or “I have to do it all so I might as well start with the stuff that I like to do”.

But you don’t have to live with those feelings of confusion and overwhelm. You don’t have to feel like by working you have to sacrifice time with your family. Or by spending time with your family you’re shirking responsibilities and putting your business at risk.

Benefits of Know What to Work on First

A regular practice of prioritizing your tasks means you get the truly urgent and important tasks out of the way. It means you may realize that there are tasks you don’t really need to spend time and energy on because they aren’t truly impact driven.

And when you focus on tasks that have a due date, have a consequence, impact your community growth, or will help you make money FIRST, you don’t have to worry if mom life happens. Or you want to take a few days off. Your impact driven tasks are done. Go take time off or care for your sick kid.  

When you can leave your work at your desk because you know your priorities are met, you show up more present for your family…Whether it’s for pleasure or in case of emergency.

How to Determine What to Work on First

Are you ready to tackle what matters most on your to-do list? Let me my TRIM Your To-Do list method to make determining your priority tasks easier…

  1. Is it time sensitive? Is there a due date? If yes, it is a priority.
  2. Is it required? Do you need to complete this task as part of a larger task? Is there a task where you can’t proceed until this part is complete. If the task is require, it is a priority.
  3. Does it have an impact? Will there be a positive or negative consequence with this task…like if you don’t sign up for a conference it might sell out? Or if you don’t show up LIVE for you community like you’ve told them you would, they might stop showing up for you? If the task will have an impact, it is a priority.
  4. Is it money related? Will completing this task make you money? Will not completing this task cost you money? If yes, it is a priority.

Your action step for today to make sure you work on what matters first is to run your to-list through my TRIM You To-Do List questions…Is it time sensitive? Is it required? Will it have a impact? Is it money related? If you answer yes, your task is a priority. If you answer no to all the questions, best to focus your energy on another task first.

“Where your focus goes, energy flows.”

Tony Robbins
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Accountability: How You Benefit and Why It’s Important

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I’m so happy you are joining me today to talk (cue ominous music)…accountability.

I’m hoping after today to assuage any fears or angst that you might have around the word accountability. And that you’ll see accountability can be an effective and essential tool in your success as an entrepreneur. And in so many other aspects of your life.

That is the great thing about accountability. It helps you make things happen. I had a big accountability “a-ha” moment several years back. I had been trying to lose weight for many years. So my husband and I decided to try Weight Watchers when they introduced their online program and app. There was something about the reminders to log my food and knowing whatever I put in my mouth was recorded. It made me way more successful than I had ever been on my own. For so many years, I had this idea that if I reached out for support meant that I was weak. Or the success wouldn’t mean as much if you didn’t do it all along.

I am grateful my Weight Watchers adventure started my accountability journey that I confirmed when reading the book “The Four Tendencies” by Gretchen Rubin. If you aren’t familiar, The Four Tendencies are a personality framework that breaks down your response to inner and outer expectations. In a nutshell, some people are great with setting their own expectations. Some do better when they know others are expecting them to do something. In other words, internally versus externally motivated.

When I took the The Four Tendencies quiz, which you can take by clicking here, I discovered I was what she calls an “Obliger”. This means I respond best to outer expectations and motivation but struggle with my own personal expectations for myself. It was like a light bulb went off. My need for outside accountability didn’t mean I was broken. It just meant that I responded best when I knew someone would be expecting something from me. And ever since then, I have been looking for ways I can incorporate outside accountability. This helps me reach both business and personal goals.

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The Benefits of Accountability

When you commit to an accountability partner, whether it is a friend, family member, or paid coach, you create a team around the expectation of your success. Now, there are other people routing for you. Supporting you. Making sure you are hitting milestones. Cheering your success. And picking you up when things don’t go so well.

Can you find that person or people that align with the goals you set? Commit to showing up for your check-ins and doing the work between? Then you too can see massive success from finding an accountability partner.

Ever find yourself wondering why you just can’t get past a certain level? Or feeling frustrated that you know you NEED to do X, Y, and Z, but you put it off. Or just don’t do it. Even if you know it could bring you the success you want in your business or personal life.

You may be struggling to keep up on your own. Or you’ve kept your goals and dreams a secret from your friends and family. You know, just in case you didn’t hit those milestones. Maybe you thought, like me, if you didn’t achieve your success on your own without outside help that it just wasn’t as sweet.

But I’ll tell you what is sweet…research shows that having a specific accountability partner to help you reach your goals improves your success rate to 95%. That sounds pretty sweet to me. Over time, your accountability partner can help you reframe your “failures” as growth points.   

They keep you motivated, moving forward and on track by meeting for regularly scheduled check-ins and progress updates. And their outside perspective can help you prioritize your task list better. Because their heart isn’t as close to your goal as you. I mean, I’ve had some tough love with coaches who told me to modify certain plans because they didn’t align with my goals. And they were right…but I couldn’t see it because my passion was to close to my ideas.

And when you start to succeed more, feel more confident and less stressed, everyone around you will feel it. You can show up for your family less anxious. Share your financial success with family and friends. Finally feel confidant to take those family pictures or go to the pool with your kids this summer. Finding accountability to get you to your goals is so worth it!

Finding Your Accountability Partner

Ready to start to wading into the pool of potential accountability buddies? Consider a few things so you can have a successful experience…

  1. Does the person you want to work with have experience in the area where you need support? Just because someone is an amazing business owner, doesn’t mean they can help you lose weight. Find someone with real life, successful experience in what you want to accomplish.
  2. Are they too close to you that their feedback could be taken personally or affect your relationship? Remember, part of accountability is being open for feedback and change. If you choose your spouse or best friend, will their honest feedback leave you feeling resentful? If so, maybe look for someone a little less familiar.
  3. Are they dependable? Make sure your buddy is the person that shows up for lunch dates that were on the schedule…not the buddy that texts when they are 5 minutes late that they aren’t going to make it. Both buddies are perfectly fine on a social level…but when it comes to accountability, you want the person that shows up on time and ready to go.

And if you are looking for accountability to help you juggle working as an entrepreneur with enjoying your family life, I want to help. Let’s jump on a free, 15 minute consultation call to see if my programs are a good fit for the accountability you need in your business and home life.

Click here to schedule your free, 15-minute consultation and start your journey to experience your happiest and most fulfilled life as a mom entrepreneur.

Family Fun Tip

This week, we are talking scavenger hunts. Am I showing my age if I say that Polaroid Picture Scavenger Hunts are one of my favorite memories from high school? You know, where you’d have to snap a polaroid of everyone on your team “Building a Pyramid on the Football Field” or “Crammed Into a Phone Booth”. Ok, if the mention of Polaroid didn’t date me, the idea of phone booths might have. But you get the idea. Divide into teams. Find the items on your list. Race back to the assigned end point.

And lucky for us moms, there are a lot of other moms who make scavenger hunting for our families much easier. I found a fantastic post from My Joy Filled Life with 75 different scavenger hunt ideas for you and your family. From nature walks to the library to birds or letters or things at the grocery store. And, of course, one of the most popular hunts of the spring season is often an Easter Egg Hunt, which you can also turn into a clue-based scavenger hunt if you would like. Lots of different options to get your family out and about. Solving clues and looking for items to cross off their hunt list.

And one of the major issues my Family Fun Bucket List solves for the families in my community is accountability. When you sit down for your monthly family meeting and family members share and schedule their ideas, there is a sense of expectation set. You can bet dollars to donuts if my 9-year-old says he wants to go on a Family PokemonGo walk in the park and we schedule it, he will make sure we remember and make it happen.

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You Need a Plan - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

You Don’t Need Luck. You Need a Plan.

Is your success just random luck or do you need a plan?

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With tomorrow being St. Patrick’s Day I wanted to talk a little bit about luck. Well, actually, why you need a plan. The idea for this episode popped into my head recently when I dropped some food off for a friend who was ill. She asked how things were going with working from home and homeschooling the kids. I honestly answered her that they were going well. My boys were thriving with more one-on-one attention in their schoolwork and we had really found a good routine to juggle work and school. Her response was “well, you’re lucky. So many people aren’t as lucky as you.”

I didn’t think much about it until I was driving home. It dawned on me I’m not lucky. Luck implies that I wasn’t involved with the success I was experiencing. The fact is, I made my success. I work hard for this. I wake up early nearly every morning to maintain this. It isn’t LUCK that’s helped me maintain a positive attitude and find success in my juggle struggle. It’s a good plan. And we’re going to talk about why you need a plan to on today’s episode.

Taking the time to create a plan for your day, your week, and your quarter when it comes to your business help you know exactly what you need to work on when. I don’t know about you, but with all the balls I have in the air, decision fatigue is a regular occurrence. And I work much better when I don’t have to decide, I just have to do.

If you can set aside time on a regular basis to create tasks based on your current goals then schedule times to work on those specific tasks, you will not only see more progress on your goals. You will start to make better use of your time and eliminate tasks that waste your time or are not aligned with your goals.

Up until now, you might have been doing all the things…you do what this guru over there says. And then you’re sprinkling in what you learned from a workshop here. Plua a dash of what’s working for someone you saw on Instagram there.

Why You Need a Plan

I’ve been where you are. It’s kinda maddening really. You feel like you are working so hard and doing so much but NOTHING seems to be yielding the results you feel like you deserve from your efforts. But the fact is, the random tasks you are doing aren’t aligned with your goals directly. Your social media posts, YouTube videos, and email newsletters are just happening without a direct purpose related to the financial and community-building goals your set.

When you take time to create a plan, you focus on the tasks that actually move the needle and align with your goals. And in turn, you see the results in your community growth and your bank account.

Not to mention, you will know what you need to work on when you sit down every day rather than recreating the wheel on a regular basis. And you’ll make better use of that time you put it because it is going towards an aligned task. And all those spaghetti throwing tasks you were doing before because “someone” told you to do it. They can hit the road. No more wasted work time.

And you aren’t the only one who benefits from a solid plan…when you can make more of the time you work, you can work less. Less work means more time for the ones you love. When the tasks you focus on yield results because they are aligned, you are less stressed and able to stay present when you are with your family, with your spouse or with your friends. That in turn will help you relax and refresh so you can show up better for the work you do during your work how. See how nicely a plan fits into a healthy work cycle?

Where to Start When You Need a Plan

So where do you even start when it comes to creating a quarterly, weekly, or even daily plan? Start with your goals. How many new clients would you like to get this month or quarter? What would you like to sell more of from your shop? How many courses do you need to sell to reach your goal?

Once you know what you would like to do, think about how you will do it. What works best for you? Do you sell best in person? On social media? Through email? Look at your past success and brainstorm how you can continue to build on those accomplishments. You don’t need to add something new…look at expanding what you already do.

And as you create a list of the tasks that brought you previous success and how you can expand on that, those ideas are what will become your focused tasks on your daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly schedule. Those are the thing you MUST do consistently and regularly. You can let go of the other stuff or put them on the backburner. But remember, when you lean into what is working, you can work less and yield better results.

Set your goals. Brainstorm the steps it takes to reach those goals. Schedule those steps as your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Anything else you have time to do is just gravy. But for now, focus on the tasks that make an impact.  

Remember, taking time to create a plan helps you know what to do when. Your plan creates a task list aligned with your goals. With actions that move the needle on selling more and growing your community. And by creating a plan you will be able to make better use of your work time while eliminating actions that don’t align with your goals or may be wasting your precious time.

Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure where to start when it comes to creating a plan? I can help! Let’s jump on a free, no obligation call to see how I can help you on the road to more success while working less.

Click here to schedule a free, 15 minute clarity call to see how I can help you with your plan.

Family Fun Tip

The first day of Spring or the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is this Saturday, March 20th. I wanted to give you some simple ways you could celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal with your family. Because we could all use a little renewal right now…am I right?

You could:

  • Take a hike on a new or favorite trail.
  • Start some seeds for a kitchen garden or backyard flower garden.
  • Search out some YouTube videos on the seasons to see how the rotation of the Earth around the sun affects the hemispheres differently and what the heck an equinox even is.
  • Visit your local library for books on the life cycle of flowers and plants, baby animals, or Spring in general.
  • Take some time to be present outside. Enjoy the thaw. Enjoy the pre-mosquito outdoors with your family and without your phone. Just be. Outside.

And as always, if you are looking for more simple family fun ideas or to commit to more family fun, join my free monthly family fun bucket list community. You’ll receive a monthly worksheet where you can solicit ideas from your family (because mom shouldn’t have to do all the work) and schedule them. Stuck in a rut? I include activity ideas to start your planning process. Remember, family fun doesn’t have to be time consuming, exotic, or expensive every time. What’s important is to empower the ideas of everyone and get it on the schedule. So be sure to join my free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List community by clicking the link below today!


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How to Determine Your Impact Driven Tasks

Are you focusing on impact driven tasks in your business?

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What the heck am I even talking about? Impact driven tasks? Well, knowing and focusing your energy on your Impact Driven Tasks (aka IDTs) will make the most of the time and effort you put into working on and in your business. It will help you know what to work on when. It will help you determine what you can let go of. And it will help you work less.

Entrepreneurs who recognize and focus on the tasks that will make an impact on their bottom line, grow their community, or create more buzz around their zone of genius will reap the benefits of impact driven tasks. And it’s not just recognizing your IDTs but making them a priority. These are the tasks that you tackle first on your daily to-do list, no matter how much you hate them.

Why Impact Driven Tasks?

Focusing on IDTs is like super-charging your to-do list. Sure, you may have a long list of things you think you need to do. Maybe someone somewhere at some time told you you need to be doing for your business. But do those tasks actually make an impact on your business?

And if you’re thinking “why would I want to add any more to my to-do list. I’m getting results so why would I want to spend more time analyzing and planning.”

Because it means that every effort you make will have a greater effect. It means that you’ll earn a great ROI for the time dollars you invest in growing your business. Not to mention you’ll make more actual dollars in your bank account.

Gone will be the days of trying to figure out what to do first because you will know that those Impact Driven Tasks for the day MUST come first because those are the tasks that will make you money, grow you community, and establish your authority.

And your new found focus can help you to work less but grow more. Meaning more time for the people you love and money to spend doing the things you love with them.

How to Determine Your Impact Driven Tasks

I can hear you out there saying “sign me up. Help me figure out my IDTs!” And that is exactly what we are going to do right now. And it’s so simple yet so effective.

When you make your list of what you will do for your business today or this week, here is how to determine if you task is an Impact Driven Task…

  1. Does it make you money? Any tasks that are directly in line with the money-making parts of your business is an IDT. Because it makes you money…which is the point of your business. For example, sending an email to your community. Creating a sales page. Making an Instagram story about a product you sell…these are all impact driven tasks. Because they can make you money.
  2. Does it help you build your community? It’s kind of hard to sell what you do if you don’t have anyone to talk to. That’s why building your community is so important and impact driven. For instance, you could recording a podcast interview for an aligned podcast. Or asking an answering questions during a FB live. Or reaching out to your community on Instagram through Dms just to say “hi” and “welcome”. Because the action is bringing people in and nurturing them, it is impact driven.
  3. Does it establish your expertise? People want to buy from qualified experts. So when you aren’t spending time directly soliciting sales or nurturing those in your community, you need to focus on actions that make you the go-to person in your field. Actions like writing a blog post or article for online publication. Recording your own podcast addressing topics in your field of expertise. Or writing thoughtful social media posts with valuable information aligned with your zone of genius. If I can read your blog post, hear your podcast, or see your social media post and think “that mama knows what she is talking about”, that is an impact driven task.

When your daily to-do list start with impact driven tasks, you will spend time moving forward and growing your business versus spinning your wheels. Impact driven tasks are the ‘”why” behind every business.

Why you do what you do…to make money, to build a community and to become an expert in your field. When you look at what you will do today, ask yourself “Will this task make me money? Will it build my community” Will it showcase my expertise?” When you can answer “yes” to one of those questions, do that task first. Every. Single. Day.

When you focus your time, energy, and effort on your IDTs, you will see greater growth, more sales, and find you can let other less impactful tasks go…freeing up that time and energy for your family and yourself.

Family Fun Tip

Who wants to have a “YES Day”? If you aren’t familiar with the book Yes Day by Amy Rosenthal-Krause and Tom Lichtenheld. Or if you’re not following Jennifer Garner on IG, you might be wondering what “Yes Day” is. In a nutshell, it is a day where you say “yes” to the requests of your kids.

Cake for breakfast? Yes.

Building a pillow fort in the living room? Yes.

That messy science experiment they’ve been begging you to do? Yes.

They can ask for what they want, within the boundaries you establish, and the answer is “yes” for that day. “Yes Day” isn’t about telling your kids it’s ok to break rules (that’s why you establish clear boundaries ahead of time). Or telling them eating candy 3 meals a day is ok. It’s about spending time doing what THEY choose. Empowering their decisions and ideas.

You can grab the book “Yes Day” on Amazon by clicking here.

If a “Yes Day” sounds fun to you, hears how you prepare…pick a day that is not a school day or a day without regularly scheduled activities. You’ll also want to establish your boundaries…how far you will travel, if at all. How much money you will spend. No activities that are harmful to anyone or destructive to property. You can even solicit some requests in advance so you can prepare any food, crafts, or other activities your kids have in mind. Remember, this isn’t about last minute trips to Disney or buying a Playstation 5. It’s about empowering your kid, just for a day.

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Nicole Bensen – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Happiness and Wellbeing Ambassador Nicole Bensen…

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Nicole and I met through our mastermind and you will quickly find out why I was excited to chat with her. I mean, she’s a happiness and wellbeing ambassador, Positive Psychology coach, and creator of transformational experiences…there’s a lot to like there!

Nicole Bensen spent nearly a decade at Google, ultimately managing the wellbeing program for Google’s executive women leaders. After experiencing burnout herself, she left to found Tentacles and Tea to share resilience, self-compassion, and accessible mindfulness techniques through her corporate workshops, group programs, and 1:1 coaching. Her mission to support people in creating more meaningful, connected, happy lives.

When she’s not spreading happiness and wellbeing to others, Nicole enjoys her life in Silicon Valley, California with her husband, two daughters, and three cats (one with fur, 2 with no fur).

Check out more “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” weekly chats here…

You can listen to my conversation with Nicole Bensen at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I inspire others to create a meaningful, connected, happy life through my corporate workshops and group programs. Why do I do this? I achieved success in Corporate America. But still felt like something was missing; I burned out and did the work to get mentally healthy again. Now I want to share what I’ve learned with others who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Strong at doing the client-facing work, building relationships, and being creative in sharing concepts. And bringing fun to neuroscience.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

Marketing and sales…I need to figure out the smartest place to focus

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Go back to the basics. You have a lot of answers already.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Set boundaries. Say “no”.

Where can we find you online and on social media?


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Samantha Semans – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet social media and ads strategist Samantha Semans…

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Samantha is the founder of Ten 10 Social. With a hunger for freedom in her own life and a clear understanding of the tireless work of small businesses, Samantha set out to build a business from the ground up. She fused her passions for shopping local, creativity, and serving others into Ten 10 Social. Not only does she enjoy the flexibility and newfound freedom for her family, but loves seeing other business owners’ dreams come to fruition.

In her free time, Samantha can be found volunteering with her church, drinking a tad too much coffee (if that is even a thing), and happily raising her four precious kiddos ages 8, 7, 4, & 2. They love hanging out, playing outside, watching movies, and just being together. And they just made a crazy move from California to Tennessee.

Check out more “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” weekly chats here…

You can listen to my conversation with Samantha Semans at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

I am a Social Media and Ads Strategist for busy entrepreneurs. Starting as a VA, doing all of the things, I quickly realized it was not for me. I couldn’t be all the things for all the people and I’ve always loved social media. Funny thing is, I had done social media for free for years!

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

I think my greatest strength (and sometimes weakness) is that I love people. Like I genuinely care about people and their business which means I serve with excellence and want them to get incredible results.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I am growing and stretching in my confidence as I level up and in hiring for myself. I was super confident in some of my packages and then my coach saw them and “made “ me level up. That saying, “new level has new devils” is so true.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

I would tell myself to go hard or go home. To not be afraid. I would hire a coach to help sooner in the game. And I would stop doubting myself and my abilities.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Be intentional. My business name reminds me to live an abundant life daily but also abundant in how I see fit.. not what the world tells me it’s supposed to be. Meaning I created this business to provide for my family but also to stop trading time for money. I created it so I could have more time with my family, not be chained to the biz. Always remember your why.

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Q & A: Time Saving Apps, Emergency Plans, & Mom Guilt

What do apps, family crisis, and mom guilt have in common?

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They are all part of today’s first (but not last) “Your Questions Answered” episode. I decided to change things up this week with a little Q & A from my community. I’ve collected your questions from Instagram related to time management, productivity and mindset. I truly believe that if one person speaks up with a question, chances are there are several other people out there feeling the same way or asking the same question. So hopefully we can answer some of your questions today even if it wasn’t a question you submitted.

Time-Saving Apps

First up, Jen @mcraedesign.nc asks…

“Is there an app to schedule stories on Instagram? I’d love a link of time-saving apps too.”

Thank you for that question Jen…and yes, I definitely have some apps that help save time and make you more productive. Before I share those, as I suggest with many things you might add into your routine, make sure you are super clear on WHY you are making this change. It doesn’t have to take weeks of journaling and meditating, but just think for a few minutes about the purpose behind adding this app to your phone or daily routine.

And the reason I suggest this pause is to make sure you aren’t just adding to add. Is this app or new routine going to help you manage your time better or feel more productive at the end of the day? If so, it is definitely worth that time and the effort you will put into utilizing the app. If not, it may be better to refine a system you already have in place. That said, here are some apps that save me time or help me work more productively.

  • Time on Apps – Both Android and Apple offer a way for you to see how much screen time you are using. When I started checking my screen time, I was floored. I honestly didn’t think I was wasting that much time a day mindlessly scrolling. But alas, numbers don’t lie. In addition to seeing how much time you spend staring at your screen, you can actually set limits on certain apps within your phone or tablet settings. Once you’ve used up the time for the day, it will not allow you to open that app again until the following day. While not apps per se, I found these tools so helpful in providing a check on my screen time, which in turn led to me reallocating that time to family or work priorities.

  • Focus To-Do – This app helps with the Pomodoro technique…which in a nutshell is working in bursts of 25 minutes with a short 5-minute break. This app times the Pomodoros for you and allows you to adjust your work and break time as needed. For me, this is helpful because if I look at my timer and it says I have 15 minutes left I think “ok, I can keep this up for 15 more minutes”.

For a deeper into the process and positives of the Pomodoro technique, click here to check out the episode “Why Mom Entrepreneurs Need the Pomodoro Technique”.

  • Instacart – My next app for saving you time is Instacart. Or any sort of grocery ordering app or service, really. I didn’t start using it until we were under quarantine. But I don’t think I will ever go back to traditional grocery shopping.

As mom business owners, our home life and work-life are so intertwined. So anything we can do to alleviate stress or save time in either arena is helpful. I love that these apps save my previous purchases so I can easily order items I have in the past. I love that I don’t get distracted browsing the aisles. And I love that I can be spending time with my boys or working with clients while someone else gathers my goodies. I know I was late to the grocery delivery or click-and-pick-up game, but if you are looking to save time you should definitely try it.

  • Evernote – Next is Evernote. I think of Evernote as the corkboard of apps. It’s a great way to collect all those snippets, lists, ideas that pop into your head, or articles you see on the internet. Then you can easily refer back to them when you want to. And I love that you can use it on your computer AND your phone.

One way I use this to save time is by writing my captions for Instagram on Evernote. Then I copy and past them on my post on my phone. I can bust out a caption much quicker on my laptop and even copy-paste snippets of blog posts or emails I’ve written more easily. I can bank the captions for the posts I am planning for the week. That way I ready to post easily throughout the week.

  • Scheduling Instagram Stories – And speaking of posting to Instagram, Jen’s first question was about apps to schedule Instagram stories. And the answer is “yes”. And “no”. Yes, there are apps that allow you to plan your stories content. And decide when it would be best to schedule. And the no is that nearly all platforms will post your stories directly. Most operate by allowing you to create the content through their app. Then they’ll send you a notification when it’s time to post.

I personally have tried both Planoly and Tailwind for scheduling stories. I found that when I received my posting notifications, I was still tweaking and posting them myself. So I didn’t feel like it actually saved me much time. But if the idea of batching a weeks worth of content and scheduling notifications to remind you when to post helps you stay consistent, serve your community, and grow your business without adding unnecessary steps to your marketing plan. 100% do it.

Business Emergency Plans

Our next question is from Stephanie @mammahustle asks…

“What do you do when you are dealing with a family crisis but also need to work on your business?”

This question is so good and so timely. Like, how many of us have dealt with some sort of family crisis this year…Whether it’s someone in your house gets sick. Or your kids are suddenly home for school. Or someone in your extended family has an emergency. And these crises or emergencies are always looming. How can you possibly prepare for them?

Creating a plan to work on your business when there is a family crisis boils down to 3 steps.

  1. Know your priorities…What absolutely must be completed because it is time-sensitive or consequential.
  2. Eliminate unnecessary tasks…If it will not have immediate and devasting effects on your business, let it go until you can resume full effort.
  3. Delegate…Are there tasks you can delegate out for the time that need to go away? Are there household tasks like cooking or cleaning you can hire out to give you time to work so you can then tend to the crisis?

Click to check out my episode “What’s Your ‘If Life Gets In the Way Plan’?” for more details on keeping your business going during unusual circumstances.

And if your emergency requires you to drop everything for a bit of time, it will be ok. Dedicating your time and energy to the priority of tending to your family is better than spreading yourself too thin. The stress of juggling too many balls, especially during times of crisis, can have lasting impacts on your mental and physical health. It takes a bit of trust but believe your community and your clients will be ready when you return.

Battling Mom Guilt While Trying to Work

And finally, I have a question from Deena @iamconfidentlyme. Deena asks…

“How do you deal with mom guilt when you’re working all day and don’t have as much time to engage/play with your kid(s)?”

Thank you Deena for this question. And I am 100% sure you are not the only one dealing with mom guilt gremlins. Let me start by saying mom guilt is all in our heads. It is a product of something or someone somewhere telling us that in order to be a good mom we need to act a certain way or buy a certain thing or spend every waking minute in direct eye contact.

The truth is, there are lots of different mom styles producing lots of amazing kids out there. Some moms only see their kids for a few hours in the morning and evening, and they are great moms. Some moms stay home but need to maintain the house. So even though they are within close proximity to there child all day, every day they aren’t in constant contact. And they are great moms. Moms who take time for themselves are great moms. Moms who spend all day with their kids are great moms. There is no 100% effective great mom formula.

That said, I encourage you to explore the root of the guilt…Is it unrealistic expectations or false depictions of what “working mom life” looks like? Worry about how your decisions will impact your child’s future? Trying to be a mom of all trades but master of none? So often our worries and guilt are rooted in a story our mind is telling us about what a good mom looks like and that we are not doing it right.

The only true story is that all moms experience some form of guilt…whether it’s from working or spending time on themselves or letting a baby cry or having another child. When you find yourself struggling with this work guilt, get to the root of what makes you feel that way. Ask yourself what is it that I am doing that is causing me to feel guilty right now? Then follow up with does my child know I love them? Am I setting a good example? Do I make time for my child? If you can answer yes, tell that mom guilt “buh-bye”.

This is a huge discussion and I know I just barely scratched the surface with that but I dive super deep into how to teach your kids to entertain themselves and the mindset around teaching your kids the important life skill of independence in my Independent Skills for Independent Kids course.

For tips for getting kids to entertain themselves, click here to check out my
Independence Skills for Independent Kids system.

Thanks to Jen, Stephanie, and Deena for your questions. And if you’ve got a question about time management, productivity, or working mom mindset, be sure to follow me on IG @businesssavvymama so you can submit your question for my next “Your Questions Answered” episode.

Family Fun Tip

This week’s family fun tip is inspired by the recent landing of Perseverance aka “Percy” on the surface of Mars. If you’ve got kiddos that love space, you need to check out NASA’s Space Place. You can find fun family games, crafts, and activities like Scavenger Hunts and Coloring Pages along with using Oreos to learn the phases of the moon or a fan to see the layers of the Earth’s crust. You can find all this intergalactic goodness by visiting https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/.

And if you’ve got an out-of-this-world idea you’d like to share with other mama’s out there looking for family fun, be sure to hit me up on Instagram @businesssavvymama. Just tag me or DM with your ideas to share. And if you haven’t yet joined my Free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List community, you can do so by clicking below. Each month you’ll receive a worksheet for you take suggestions from your family and schedule time together to make sure your family gets done every month.


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Shannon Baker – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet Business Systems Strategist and Podcast Host Shannon Baker…

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I connected with Shannon around a year ago on Instagram. I love her easy going style and her simplified approach. She makes you feel like you can create business systems to make your life easier. Like your more than capable…which makes sense since her podcast is titled “The More Than Capable Mompreneur.”

As a Business Systems Strategist, Shannon helps busy women with service-based businesses create systems to automate the time-consuming tasks required to run a business so they can work more efficiently and have more time for what matters most!

As a podcaster, Shannon hosts “The More Than Capable Mompreneur” podcast which has been listed in the top 200 in two categories on Apple Podcasts. In her episodes, she shares tips, strategies and conducts interviews to help busy women be more productive and use the mom cracks of time to get things done so they can find a balance that works for them without the mom guilt, can invest in themselves, and grow their business without burning out.

Shannon lives in Maryland with her husband and 17 year old daughter who homeschooled for high school and graduated this past March. Now she’s a college student! They are a very faith-focused family so their goals allow them to stay focused and be successful without interfering with that. She loves coffee and red wine blends as well as doing puzzles…which has become her new hobby. Shannon continues to have a part-time job and she’s building my business on the side.

Check out more “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” weekly chats here…

You can listen to my conversation with Shannon Baker at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it?

I help busy women, especially mompreneurs, create systems to manage tasks to save them time and boost their productivity. This allows them to build their business on their own terms and spend time where it matters most.

I started my business as a virtual assistant while working full-time. After a few years though, being a VA was not the space I wanted to be in anymore. I had completed training to become an Online Business Manager but that didn’t light me up either. So I was at a crossroad, trying to decide if I should just close down my business and go back to work for someone else.

I took a summer off and just enjoyed time with my daughter and worked with just two clients on retainer. I also invested in private coaching with one of my mentors which helped me identify my mission, vision and purpose. That was October 2018 and after continuing to work with this coach I decided to take a major step in February 2019…I burned the boat and ended all of my contracts and went back to work part-time to reduce the financial pressure we had started to feel.

It took a lot of self-investment and mindset work for me to get comfortable with making the pivot from being a virtual assistant to being a business operations strategist. Not to mention, it took a lot of faith to admit to myself that I needed to make the change. Once I realized my true passion was putting things in order for a specific outcome I was able to move forward. This allows me to control where I use my energy to get the best results and I enjoy helping others do the same. That’s why I love processes and integrating technology.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

My business is structured to support my family and not take me away from them. So it has boundaries and I do all I can to keep it that way.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I’m getting more comfortable asking for the sale. But this has always been a struggle for me. Letting go of that fear is the only way my business will grow.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

Be confident in my expertise and don’t negotiate my prices.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Decide what is important and make your plans with that in mind. There is no such thing as work-life balance. It comes down to what is the priority at the moment which changes and arranging your affairs accordingly.

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5 Reasons You Need Fun as a Mom Entrepreneur

Are you scheduling time for fun as a mom entrepreneur?

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“Geez, Christy, are you so obsessed with me having fun?”

Because you NEED it. As one of my coaches pointed out a few months back, Fun is Fuel. It fills your cup and keeps you going. And gives you a break you need and deserve. It reminds you why you had your kids or why you like your spouse. Not to mention it just feels good. See why you need fun as a mom entrepreneur?

If you can commit to planning simple, engaging activities ahead of time and making that time a priority, you can reap the benefits of being a fun mom. And a fun spouse. And a fun entrepreneur.

You don’t have to wait until your reach a certain level of success. Or until you have more money. Or until your kids are older. You can start and need to start having fun NOW.

One thing I find with many of the moms in my community or when talking with friends is that we overcomplicate fun. Or we are worried that what we can do won’t be exciting or memorable enough so we just don’t do anything at all.

But on the flip side, there are times we plan an elaborate outing for your family only to have kids complain and ruin the experience for us.

Let’s bring it back to simple. Just focus on being with the ones we love. And ask them what they would like to do. Chances are it is simpler and easier to work into your busy schedule than what our mom brains think up.

5 Reasons You Need Fun as a Mom Entrepreneur

And making time for fun is so worth it…let’s dive into 5 ways having fun can benefit you as a mom and as a mom entrepreneur and then I’ll give you some simple strategies for planning more fun with your family.

  1. First, having fun improves your relationships. It helps you connect with those around you. Setting aside specific time with your family and friends will strengthen your relationships and create memories. This special time with your loved ones helps you to step away and refocus on the relationships that are valuable to you.
  2. Next, having fun releases dopamine into your system. It’s one of those feel-good hormones that improve your mood, helps you feel more satisfied, and lowers your cortisol levels. Lower cortisol means lower feelings of stress. So fun means less stress!
  3. And taking a break from stressful work tasks to have a bit of fun also gives your brain a chance to relax and recover. This recovery period is vital to keep you working productively. According to research in a 2013 article titled “Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime” featured Scientific American magazine “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.” 
  4. Having fun also increases our energy levels. Those nasty stress hormones like cortisol lead us down the road to anxiety and depression. Which in turn make us feel lethargic and unmotivated. It’s a nasty cycle, really. But adding some fun and play into our regular routine lowers those stress hormones and boosts our energy by increasing those positive endorphins and the dopamine running around in our system.
  5. And finally making time for fun will help stave off the burnout that so many entrepreneurs feel. Many entrepreneurs are so passionate about what they do that they are consumed by it. Many are running solo when which means they wear a lot of hats and do a lot of different jobs. And many work from home, causing feeling of social isolation during long, lonely days. That passion, overwork, and isolation is a recipe for the burnout so many entrepreneurs face. But incorporating fun means you are interacting socially, whether with your family or friends. It means your are giving your brain a rest from all the work you are doing to make your company a success. And making time for fun means you can replenish your productivity and creativity for more effective workdays without feeling tapped out.

So scheduling a bit of fun helps to improve your relationships, lower your stress, work more productively when you do work, increase your energy levels, and keep burnout at bay. Sounds pretty good, right?

How Mom Entrepreneurs Can Find Time for Fun

And if you’re thinking, all those benefits sound great, Christy, but I literally cannot add anything more to my plate, I got you. Fun shouldn’t cause stress. Fun should be fun. This is why I’m going to share how you can easily incorporate fun into your schedule…

  1. Get it on the Schedule…Look at your schedule and see when you can schedule weekly time for your family. Friday nights? Sunday afternoons? Tuesday before bed? If you feel like there isn’t time to make the time, something has to give. Because as I’ve shown, fun is important to your survival as an entrepreneur. Make the time. Do it regularly.
  2. Keep it simple…Have a game night. Read a series of books aloud. Cook together. Watch movies together. Take a walk or bike ride. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and time-consuming to plan. Simple time together is effective in improving your relationships and reducing stress levels. So keep it simple, sister.
  3. Don’t Do It Alone…Just because you’re the mom, doesn’t mean you have to do all the planning yourself. Empower your kids by taking their suggestions. You might be surprised at what sorts of simple activities spark joy in them. Not to mention, if the kids pick the activity, they are much less likely to complain.

Your action step for today to make sure you start making time for fun as a mom entrepreneur is to plan a family activity for this week. Get it on the schedule, make it something simple, and consult your family for ideas about what you should do so you don’t have to plan it all yourself.

This is the exact method I use every month with my family fun bucket list community. Members receive a monthly worksheet where they can take ideas from family members and schedule when the activity will take place. And if your family needs some help getting started, there are ideas with your monthly worksheet to get those fun, creative juices flowing.

Family Fun Tip

One of the reasons I like to share these tips is to show you that planning fun activities to fill your cup doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Memories can be made when you keep it simple, make the time, and get creative. And creativity is front and center in this week’s tip.

With many of us suffering through colder temperatures and winter weather, it seems like a good time to absorb a bit of culture from the comfort of our couch under a mound of blankets. That’s why I’m recommending you check out Google’s Arts and Culture app. You can tour over 2000 of the world’s greatest art collections, monuments, and natural history museums. From The Art Institute of Chicago to the Palace of Versailles, from a tour of the White House to the National Museum in New Delhi, you can find virtual tours and information on arts, science, culture and history.

You can either download the Google Arts & Culture app or just visit artsandculture.google.com. If your TV has screen-sharing capabilities, you can share your tour right to your TV so you aren’t all huddled around your phone or tablet. So now even if you’re stuck at home, you can see the world.

I’d love to hear what fun you’re having with your family whether your weather is cold or whether your weather is hot. Send me a DM or tag me on IG @businesssavvymama. And if you haven’t yet signed up for my free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List, what are you waiting for? The March List will be arriving soon with ideas so you can plan plenty of fun quality time with your family, your spouse, or for yourself. Click below to join our bucket brigade and pick up your Free Monthly Family Fun Bucket List.


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Ali Jones – 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur

Meet CEO and Found of the tech start-up Cyphtr Ali Jones…

I met Ali when she invited me as guest on her Instagram series “Friday Night Live” and we hit it off. I was so excited to chat with her again and have her share her incredible and honest journey with you.

From Executive Producer Assistant on big-budget films to tech startup founder & CEO to marketing consultant, Ali Jones lives in Louisiana where she’s balancing raising her toddler, hosting her IGTV series Friday Night LIVE, and helping entrepreneurs leverage emotional intelligence into their social media marketing to genuinely connect to their ideal client and enjoy making content without the burnout.

Ali is a mom of a 4-year-old and a big furball. She’s been happily married for 5 years. 2020 was a tough year for Ali in more ways than one…her son tested for Oppositional Defiant Disorder which required the whole family to learn different parenting methods in tandem with anger management and Montessori techniques. This along with her husband’s job loss and Covid diagnosis made the end of 2020 very difficult.

Even with all of the drama that 2020 has brought, they are still an extremely happy family that loves to go hiking, biking, and always look forward to another day in this blessed life. They are grateful for their community support and learned to just love each other fiercely through it all.

Check out more “5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur” weekly chats here…

You can listen to my conversation with Ali Jones at the link above. Or get an overview below.

1. What do you do in your business and why did you choose it? 

As a founder of a startup, I’m wearing all the hats while prepping to hire my team. I developed a platform that allows you to follow up with everyone you meet via email the moment you meet them. I wanted to start this company because I have a passion for connecting people. I’m am also a marketing consultant with a focus on emotional intelligence and social media branding. I create quarterly marketing plans in addition to leveling up my client’s social media profiles and content strategy. As far as why I became a consultant, I never planned on doing this work, but I was getting asked to consult for authors and speakers and really enjoyed working with people that had a message and motivation to impact others. Marketing is something that I’m always thinking about, learning more about, and can’t stop talking about.

2. What is your greatest strength when it comes to running your business? 

Willpower is my greatest business strength and the only reason I have made it as far as I have. There are many hurdles to starting your own business, and the only way I’m able to have made it over them is by convincing myself to keep trying no matter how many times I fell down before.

3. What is the area of entrepreneurship where you could grow the most? 

I need to continue my education on my personal and business finances so that I can better understand when I can delegate and scale.

4. If you were to start your business over today, what piece of advice or lesson learned would you emphasize to yourself? 

I wish I would’ve believed in my own potential sooner and stopped the whole “fake it till you make it” mantra. I wasted a year and a half on stage competing with other startups for the attention of investors in hopes of having the funds to hire developers because “only smart people that are good with math know how to code.” Eventually I gave developing a shot and was able to develop my platform in 4 months and ran over 100 successful demos without having to sell of portions of my company to investors.

5. What is your best advice for balancing business and home life or creating intentional family time? 

Balance comes after you find what’s most important to you. You can’t sacrifice the things that make you happy in hopes for a more successful tomorrow. Happiness is wanting what you have, and success is having what you want. If you give up the things that make you happy, then you’ll never want the things that you have tomorrow if you sacrificed the best part of your life today.

Where can we find you online or on social media?


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